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A Psalm of Thanksgiving 091312

 

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Psalm 116:1-9 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20116:1-9&version=MSG

Joshua 2:1-14 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua%202:1-14&version=MSG

Hebrews 11:17-22 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews%2011:17-22&version=MSG

 

A Psalm of Thanksgiving 091312

 

For the start of the week, we had no psalm to sing. Instead because of the Holy Cross week, we read Isaiah in its place.

 

We’ve read psalms of misery and sadness, Psalms of forgiveness, songs of joy, even songs of despair, isolation, isolation and death.

 

But today’s Psalm is one of thanksgiving. Read it carefulyy, and repeat! How many times have we been pulled from the lowest emotional state possible for humans into a place of gratitude and thanksgiving by God?

 

One realizes that maybe we should be able to be thankful at all times, instead of just when we’re ‘winning’ with God, when all is pleasant, sweet, reassuring and optimistic. But life on earth in this world is not that way. Good fortune comes and goes; hard times do come back to our cabin door (as in the Stephen Foster song ‘Hard Times Come Again No More’.)

 

A Christian mystic once said that the beginning of unity with God in prayer begins with learning to be grateful. May today’s Psalm be with us, as we learn the importance of remaining always grateful.

 

Pray for peace

Bill

 

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Psalm 116:1-9

Joshua 2:1-14

Hebrews 11:17-22

Psalm 116:1-9

The Message (MSG)

116 1-6 I love God because he listened to me,
listened as I begged for mercy.
He listened so intently
as I laid out my case before him.
Death stared me in the face,
hell was hard on my heels.
Up against it, I didn’t know which way to turn;
then I called out to God for help:
“Please, God!” I cried out.
“Save my life!”
God is gracious—it is he who makes things right,
our most compassionate God.
God takes the side of the helpless;
when I was at the end of my rope, he saved me.

7-8 I said to myself, “Relax and rest.
God has showered you with blessings.
Soul, you’ve been rescued from death;
Eye, you’ve been rescued from tears;
And you, Foot, were kept from stumbling.”

9-11 I’m striding in the presence of God,
alive in the land of the living!
I stayed faithful, though bedeviled,
and despite a ton of bad luck,
Despite giving up on the human race,
saying, “They’re all liars and cheats.”

Joshua 2:1-14

The Message (MSG)

Rahab

Joshua son of Nun secretly sent out from Shittim two men as spies: “Go. Look over the land. Check out Jericho.” They left and arrived at the house of a harlot named Rahab and stayed there.

The king of Jericho was told, “We’ve just learned that men arrived tonight to spy out the land. They’re from the People of Israel.”

The king of Jericho sent word to Rahab: “Bring out the men who came to you to stay the night in your house. They’re spies; they’ve come to spy out the whole country.”

4-7 The woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, “Yes, two men did come to me, but I didn’t know where they’d come from. At dark, when the gate was about to be shut, the men left. But I have no idea where they went. Hurry up! Chase them—you can still catch them!” (She had actually taken them up on the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax that were spread out for her on the roof.) So the men set chase down the Jordan road toward the fords. As soon as they were gone, the gate was shut.

8-11 Before the spies were down for the night, the woman came up to them on the roof and said, “I know that God has given you the land. We’re all afraid. Everyone in the country feels hopeless. We heard how God dried up the waters of the Red Sea before you when you left Egypt, and what he did to the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you put under a holy curse and destroyed. We heard it and our hearts sank. We all had the wind knocked out of us. And all because of you, you and God, your God, God of the heavens above and God of the earth below.

12-13 “Now promise me by God. I showed you mercy; now show my family mercy. And give me some tangible proof, a guarantee of life for my father and mother, my brothers and sisters—everyone connected with my family. Save our souls from death!”

14 “Our lives for yours!” said the men. “But don’t tell anyone our business. When God turns this land over to us, we’ll do right by you in loyal mercy.”

Hebrews 11:17-22

The Message (MSG)

17-19 By faith, Abraham, at the time of testing, offered Isaac back to God. Acting in faith, he was as ready to return the promised son, his only son, as he had been to receive him—and this after he had already been told, “Your descendants shall come from Isaac.” Abraham figured that if God wanted to, he could raise the dead. In a sense, that’s what happened when he received Isaac back, alive from off the altar.

20 By an act of faith, Isaac reached into the future as he blessed Jacob and Esau.

21 By an act of faith, Jacob on his deathbed blessed each of Joseph’s sons in turn, blessing them with God’s blessing, not his own—as he bowed worshipfully upon his staff.

22 By an act of faith, Joseph, while dying, prophesied the exodus of Israel, and made arrangements for his own burial.

The Message (MSG)

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